Vasudha Narayanan, Distinguished Professor in the department of religion at the University of Florida, will present "Constructing the Cosmos, Creating Communities: Hindu Temples from Angkor to Atlanta" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Heritage Room at Shriver Center. Her talk is part of the Center for American and World Culture's fall lecture series "Religion and Community."
Narayanan, a past president of the American Academy of Religion, conducts research on the Sri Vaishnava tradition and Hindu traditions in India, Cambodia and America. She is the author or editor of seven books, including the recent The Life of Hinduism and Hinduism.
Narayanan and the University of Florida have created the nation's first Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions (CHiTra) to encourage the research, teaching and public understanding of Hindu culture and traditions.
Her lecture will explore how Hindu temples in America showcase the emerging social presence of new immigrant and religious groups, negotiate internal diversity, and construct "authentic" ways of transmitting traditions while adapting to the new culture.
Free and open to the public, Narayanan's talk is sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) with support from the Howe Center for Writing Excellence and other Miami departments and offices. For more information contact the CAWC at 529-8309.